Nan Austin, The Modesto Bee

Nan Austin

The Modesto Bee

Modesto, CA, United States

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Past articles by Nan:

Moving on after three decades in journalism

I have been known to reflexively shake hands at parties saying: “Nan Austin, The Bee.” → Read More

Turlock High kids cheer life-changing teacher to $20,000 award

Drama and speech teacher Michele Van Nieuwenhuyzen has been named a 2017 Carlston Family Foundation Outstanding Teacher of America. → Read More

Modesto's Prescott Junior High PE program in documentary

North Modesto tweens get an old-style boot camp, complete with annual mud run, promoted by the late President John F. Kennedy. In a documentary coming out in August, filmmaker Doug Orchard puts forward a case that mental acuity and physical fitness go hand in hand, and Prescott is the only school in the nation that still gets that. → Read More

Class of '17 marching at Stanislaus high schools, university

If the endless march of “Pomp and Circumstance” keeps running through your head this week, chances are it is not just nostalgia. Graduates from most area high schools and California State University, Stanislaus will walk this week. → Read More

Turlock school bond bargain could save $21M over 30 years

Turlock Unified says its initial bond sale went better than expected, adding an estimated $1 million to the building budget and chopping a projected $20.8 million off the taxpayers’ bill compared to initial estimates. → Read More

Phish bait: As kids get laptops, how do schools keep them safe in cyberspace?

As virtual attacks go wild, let’s talk about security and reliability for the most vulnerable folks carting laptops: students. → Read More

Billboard brings up teen drinking hoping to hit the brakes

An ad on Maze Boulevard in west Modesto, created by teens, was timed to prom and graduation days to make kids think twice before drinking or riding with a drunken driver. → Read More

Police in standoff with man inside central Modesto home

A SWAT team is at a central Modesto, California, home of a man who is holed up inside threatening violence, authorities said. → Read More

Stanislaus Military Academy teacher takes California title

The construction trades teacher at the Stanislaus Military Academy took a bow Thursday as 2017 California alternative education Teacher of the Year. → Read More

South Modesto gets school board seat this November

On Thursday, the Modesto City Schools board unanimously reversed its decision on election timing for newly created trustee areas, giving the heavily Latino area its own seat in the next election. → Read More

Yosemite Community College District taps Silicon Valley campus president for chancellor

The Yosemite Community College District Board chose Henry Chiong Vui Yong, 63, as its next chancellor Wednesday with a unanimous vote. → Read More

Maker Hoopla lets families revel in their inner (and outer) child

A free, family Maker Hoopla – hands-on inventing and making – will be put on by the Stanislaus County Office of Education on May 20 for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade at the Petersen Event Center. → Read More

Stanislaus County Office of Education awards tech training badges

The week of the teacher seems like a good time to applaud self starters updating their skills through a Stanislaus County Office of Education program that rewards success. Hint: Think Scouting. → Read More

How does Ripon garden grow? With care, amazement, patience – all in a row

The Oak Valley Youth Garden in Ripon, CA, raises produce to feed the needy as around 60 kids learn plant life cycles, where food comes from, and how it feels to help others. → Read More

Modesto school models seven habits of highly effective children

At Mary Ann Sanders Elementary in north Modesto, good habits start young, wrapped into lessons, performances and leadership teams that include all grades. → Read More

Modesto school board will revisit delay of Latino area election

Facing community backlash and a legal threat, the Modesto City Schools Board will revisit the election timing of its newly created trustee areas, which as it stands would leave solidly Latino south Modesto without representation until 2019. → Read More

Ceres High digs into U.S. history with "Hamilton" grant

Ceres High U.S. government classes got an eye-popping, hip-hopping look into the lives of the founding fathers through a grant connected to the hit Broadway musical. → Read More

Modesto City Schools keeps integrated math in close vote

The Modesto City Schools Board came within one vote of moving to scrap their Common Core integrated math program three years after a quick flip to full implementation. → Read More

Woman walking by Santa Fe tracks struck in Empire, suffers life-threatening injuries

A woman walking along the Santa Fe Railroad tracks in Empire was struck by an Amtrak train Monday afternoon, sustaining life-threatening injuries, officials said. → Read More

Stanislaus County, state officials disagree over data determining when school board elections are held

A new state law requires odd-year elected boards to shift to even years if voter participation is significantly higher, but in Stanislaus County the elections office has provided figures that would let many odd-year elections stay put. → Read More